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Eranga's bowling action ruled illegal

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Eranga's bowling action ruled illegal (0:59)

Shaminda Eranga has been suspended from bowling in International cricket for an illegal action (0:59)

On the same day that Sri Lanka fast bowler Shaminda Eranga was hospitalised for experiencing an elevated heartbeat, he was also suspended from bowling in international cricket for an illegal action.

Eranga had been reported for a suspect action after the second Test against England at Chester-le-Street in May. He was evaluated at Loughborough on June 6 and results showed his elbow exceeded the permitted 15 degrees of flex in all of his deliveries.

The ICC allows a bowler suspected of an illegal action to continue playing international cricket until the results of biomechanical testing on his bowling action are released. Hence, Eranga was able to take part in the third Test against England at Lord's. He opened the bowling in both innings and picked up a match haul of 4 for 152.

Now, however, Eranga cannot bowl for his country until he gets his action approved by an ICC-accredited testing centre. This comes as a blow to Sri Lanka, who have already lost Dhammika Prasad and Dushmantha Chameera to injury. With Eranga unavailable, Sri Lanka have three specialist seam bowlers, to go with two seam-bowling allrounders, to play England in the ODI series due to begin in Nottingham on Tuesday.

Eranga can continue playing domestic cricket in his home country, with the permission of Sri Lanka Cricket.